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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall Into Reading Challenge!

This challenge is hosted by Callapidder Days every fall. For more information about this challenge or to sign-up, click on the link.


THE CHALLENGE: Make a list of books you want to start reading/finish this Fall. Post about it in your blog and start reading!


I could have made this list with HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of books I wanna read..But I don't think I'll be reading that many this fall. This are books that I will hopefully be reading this fall. I do realize that I am a little late posting this(whoops). 

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:  
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to your reading? What prevents you from reading as much as you’d like?

answer: Most would answer by saying, not enough time. That isn't the case with me. I read every chance I can. Which means, several times a day, for long periods of time. But, lately, I've been reading at certain times. In the morning and in the evening-night. Not wanting to miss anything that passes by. 
So my answer to this question, would be, time or life. Having time to read -- but not enough for life.  

What's your answer? 


MY LIST:


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins




Mockingjay is the third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It was released in the US and Canada on August 24, 2010 and sold 450,000 copies in the first week.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.


The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
THE FAMILIARS are the magical animal companions to a wizard or witch. When three young wizards-in-training get kidnapped by the evil queen of the land, it is up to their familiars to go a dangerous journey to rescue them. You'll meet Aldwyn, an orphan alley cat pretending to have telekinesis; Skylar, a know-it-all blue jay who can cast illusions; and Gilbert, a hapless tree frog with the ability to see visions of the future in pools of water. See what happens when these three animal assistants -- typically relegated to the background or found sitting quietly on their wizard's shoulders -- go on a heroic adventure of their own!






Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks




When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Susie Salmon was raped and murdered at age fourteen in suburban Pennsylvania. She tells the story of her family's reaction and later breakdown after her own murder. Susie's father Jack thinks the neighbor, Mr. Harvey did it but the police do not have evidence to hold him as a suspect. During the investigation the family finds out that Susie's mother is haviing a short affair with the detective on the case. In heaven, Susie does not want to let her family and friends go. She watching Lindsey (sister) doing everything that she would have done if she had remained alive.Mr. Harvey finally leaves the neighborhood for good, but before that Lindsey breaks into his house to search for evidence. Mr. Harvey is a creaper, he watches Lindsey's number five on the back of her soccer jersey while she runs; becomeing obsessed by the vision of her running from his house letting the truth out. Soon his past begins to haunt him.Ruth, a girl who barely knows Susie in life, is fixated on Susie and death. Ruth sees places where people have died and feels Susie as she was being taken from the earth. Ruth and Ray Singh, a boy Susie loved, become friends and develop a relationship based on their love of Susie.Later the mom leaves the family. She ends up in California after she promises Lindsey that she will not leave. Grandma Lynn takes mom's place, watching over Buckley(brother) and Lindsey. Lindsey soon has a boyfriend who end up going to college together.The dad can't move on from his daughter's death, leading into having a heart attack. While Jack is in the hospital, Abigail(mom) returns from California to be with her family. She sees her Susie everywhere, as do Jack and Buckley.Susie twards the end of the book falls back to Earth into Ruth Connors' body. In Ruth's body, Susie fulfills her her desires with Ray. Soon Susie fades away to a different heaven, a wider heaven where her grandfather lives.Abigail and Jack come home from the hospital, and the anger the children feel toward their mother begins to fade. Mom desides she will stay, but she does not make any promises to Lindsey.Over time Susie watches, and she begins to let go of her family so they can move on. Not to far after Susie sees her killer dies, and her sister Lindsey's baby girl is born.




Evermore by Alyson Noel
Since the car accident that claimed the lives of her family, sixteen year old Ever can see auras and hear people's thoughts, and she goes out of her way to hide from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic teenager who is hiding even more mysteries.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire




We meet the Wicked Witch of the West from "The Wizard of Oz" at the time of her birth, and learn about her family, her sister, her school chums, and other important figures in her early life, many of whom grow up to be secondary characters in the original "Oz" story. We learn why Elphaba, as she is named here, has green skin and why she should be viewed as a sympathetic, misunderstood champion for equal rights who faced and overcame repeated abuse and disillusionment. We learn about her aversion to water, and why Dorothy was a figure Elphaba was forced to loathe.
Leave your preconceptions at the door. They won't serve you here. This book is highly original and still remains a gripping story even if you've never seen or read "The Wizard of Oz." Wonderful and thought provoking, and should not be overlooked.


ttyl by Lauren Myracle
The runaway bestseller now in paperback! An epistolary novel for the 21st century, this sharp, funny, and true-to-life breakout hit about friendship is told entirely in instant messages. And Internet-savvy teens have fallen in love with flirty Angela (SnowAngel), moody Maddie (mad maddie), and good girl Zoe (zoegirl) and their frank perceptions about a tumultuous tenth-grade semester. Now perfectly priced for its audience, the paperback is being released alongside Myracle's brand-new hardcover novel, Rhymes with Witches. AUTHOR BIO: In addition to ttyl , Lauren Myracle is the author of three other novels, including her latest, Rhymes with Witches . She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and lives in Colorado.


Fallen by Lauren Kate




Some Angels are Destined to Fall
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . .
even if it kills her.


P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
A novel about holding on, letting go, and learning to love again. Now in paperback, the endearing novel that captured readers' hearts and introduced a fresh new voice in women's fiction -- Cecelia Ahern. Holly couldn't live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other's sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed. The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!


The Sky Is Every Where by Jandy Nelson
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding. This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.


The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
The National Book Award finalist from the best-selling author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE - now in paperback Walking through the misty Florida woods one morning, twelve-year-old Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger - a real-life, very large tiger - pacing back and forth in a cage. What’s more, on the same extraordinary day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other, and ultimately, to be friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things - like memories, and heartaches, and tigers - can’t be locked up forever.
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring.... In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it's different. At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself. Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.


Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz




Schuyler Van Alen is a freshman at the prestigious Duchesne School.
A loner by nature, she finds her life thrown into turmoil when she turns 15.
Suddenly, she is allergic to the sun, craves raw food, and if she cuts herself, her blood is blue.
Schuyler has no idea what is happening to her.
As more and more curious things happen, Schuyler must confront her family and friends to discover the truth behind her blue blood.
..But there are bigger problems soon to be faced.
When a girl in school is found dead, with mysterious bite marks on her neck, Schuyler is more confused than ever about her heritage…and her destiny.


Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries. Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention. But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires. Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything. Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21 st century faery tale.



Marked by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast
Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night,
A world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. That is, if she makes it through the Change, and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint on her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the house of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny-with a little help from her new vampyre friends.



Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. . . With these words the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone manse on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room in the immense, foreboding estate were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten -- a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house's current occupants. And with an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim's first wife -- the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.


Stardust by Neil Gaiman
In the sleepy English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian Era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall--a secluded hamlet so named for an imposing stone barrier that surrounds a fertile grassland. Armed sentries guard the sole gap in the bulwark to keep the inquisitive from wandering through, relaxing their vigil only once every nine years, when a market fair unlike any other in the world of men comes to the meadow. Here in Wall, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to beautiful Victoria Forester. But Victoria is cold and distant--as distant, in fact, as the star she and Tristran see fall from the sky on a crisp October evening. For the coveted prize of Victoria's hand, Tristran vows to retrieve the fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the ancient wall, and propels him into a world that is strange beyond imagining. But Tristran is not the only one seeking the heavenly jewel. There are those for whom it promises youth and beauty, the key to a kingdom, and the rejuvenation of dark, dormant magics. And a lad compelled by love will have to keep his wits about him to succeed and survive in this secret place where fallen stars come in many guises--and where quests have a way of branching off in unexpected directions, even turning back upon themselves in space and in time. Neil Gaiman works his unique literary magic in new and dazzling ways in Stardust, a novel that will shine in the heart and memory far beyond the turning of its final page.


Wake by Lisa McMann
Not all dreams are sweet. For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....


(Hint: These books only cover about a month's reading, MEANING, I will still put in some of your requests! Leave request as a comment!)


What books are you going to read this fall?

7 comments:

  1. Psych Major Syndrome
    Jumping off swings
    Blue is for nightmares
    What Would Emma Do?
    Torn to pices
    Lock and Key
    The S.A.S.S. series
    Side effects
    Secrets of my hollywood life
    Scrambled Eggs at Midnight
    How to ruin my teenage life
    and more

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  2. I've only read Lock & Key from that list. It's really good :)

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  3. Wow, what a great list of books! I heard about ttyl because of Banned Books Week, but wasn't really sure what it was all about- now I'm going to have to get a copy because I just can't resist reading a book entirely written in IM!

    I loved Water for Elephants though!

    Good luck with your challenge!

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  4. Hi Suzanne :)

    Thanks for stopping in!
    Yeah :) I can't wait to read it! I'll be reading Water For Elephants soon :)

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  5. Just finished requesting them from the library -- it's gonna take WEEKS for some of them to get in though :(

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  6. a new blue bloods novel is coming out! It's called:
    Misguided Angel
    it's either #5 or #6...

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  7. I think it's the 5th coming out. I saw it.

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